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    Welcome! The Enterprising Voice is a bi-weekly bulletin of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and is supported by SEA members. If you are already a member, thank
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      Welcome! The Enterprising Voice is a bi-weekly bulletin of the Social
      Enterprise Alliance, and is supported by SEA members. If you are already a
      member, thank you! If not, join today at
      http://www.se-alliance.org/membership.cfm


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      This edition of The Enterprising Voice is also available in a formatted
      version online at http://www.se-alliance.org/news_current.cfm


      This week 1.3.07

      QuikPoll
      1. New question: Have high profile failures in nonprofit management in
      recent years impacted support for your own organization or its earned income
      activities?
      2. Results: Given your current organizational needs and opportunities, do
      you expect to expand, reduce, or maintain your current level of social
      enterprise activity in 2007?


      SEA Member Success
      1. BUILD featured on ABC 7 News in San Francisco


      Resources & Opportunities
      1. SEA Member Consultant Directory
      2. Capitalizing on Convergence
      3. Social Enterprise: A Legal Context
      4. Skoll Scholarships for the 2007/2008 Oxford MBA
      5. Cause Marketing Halo Awards


      News
      1. Nonprofits Eyeing Case in Ohio High Court
      2. Ex-Homeless Attend to Library Bathrooms
      3. Ecotourism: Traveling the World to Help Save It
      4. NC Food Bank Provides Culinary Training
      5. Striving to Make a Profit
      6. 7.2% of Americans Work for Nonprofit Groups, Study Finds


      Enterprise Calendar
      1. Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise, Vancouver, BC
      2. Webinar: Corporate Social Responsibility 101 for Microenterprise



      QuikPoll

      How do your views and experience compare to your peers? Take 30 seconds (or
      less) to answer the question below, then view poll results in the next
      edition of the Enterprising Voice.


      Have high profile failures in nonprofit management in recent years impacted
      support for your own organization or its earned income activities? To
      answer, click: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=15233081018



      QuikPoll Results: Given your current organizational needs and
      opportunities, do you expect to expand, reduce, or maintain your current
      level of social enterprise activity in 2007?

      Optimism reigns with 81% of survey responds predicting an expansion of
      social enterprise activity in 2007. Twelve percent plan to maintain current
      levels of earned income activity; the remainder are unsure.


      Among those looking forward to increasing earned income, several note they
      are not planning new ventures per se, but rather a greater focus on areas of
      greatest return.


      An interesting perspective from one reader: "With all the democrats getting
      elected, we are told to expect vast sums of new money. We're ready. That
      said, enterprise activities diversify our revenue streams. If we have
      learned anything from the good times, it is that bad times will soon follow.
      By diversifying our revenue sources, we can soften the effect."


      How does this year's optimism compare to past predictions? Quite
      consistent. 87% of survey respondents predicted an expansion in 2006, and
      83% were looking forward to an increase in 2005. Judging from national
      profiles of nonprofit income sources, this optimism is not unfounded as
      earned income now comprises the largest single source of revenue for the
      nonprofit sector in total.


      View results from previous QuikPolls at
      http://www.se-alliance.org/resources_quikpoll.cfm

      If you have a QuikPoll question that you'd like to pose to others in the
      field, please send it to jim@... for future posting.



      SEA Member Success

      We are proud to highlight the news and accomplishments of our members! If
      you are a member of SEA and have an item to share please send a brief
      overview and link to sarah@....


      1. BUILD featured on ABC 7 News in San Francisco
      BUILD (http://www.build.org/) motivates underserved students to succeed in
      school by helping them start their own businesses. Their work was featured
      in the evening news on December 21st as part of a segment called "Focus on
      Solutions." Watch the video at
      http://urlsnip.com/622979



      Resources & Opportunities

      1. SEA Member Consultant Directory
      Are you searching for a consultant specializing in social enterprise? Look
      no further! The SEA Member Consultant Directory contains listings for
      consultants with expertise in everything from cultural change to mergers and
      acquisitions to strategic planning. Get in touch with someone today. SEA
      Members go to http://www.se-alliance.org/resources.cfm and sign-in. Then
      click the link "Consultant Directory" on the left. Not a member yet? Join
      now at http://www.se-alliance.org/membership.cfm


      2. Capitalizing on Convergence
      Nonprofits and businesses are converging - in the value they create, the
      stakeholders they manage, the organizations they form, and the financial
      instruments they use. The era of convergence is upon us. Do you know how
      to take advantage of it? From The Stanford Social Innovation Review
      http://urlsnip.com/040952


      3. Social Enterprise: A Legal Context
      This article -- written by SEA Member Robert Wexler, a principal at Silk,
      Adler & Colvin -- is a call to action to the exempt organization legal
      community to help further the social enterprise movement and to help change
      the law to accommodate new approaches to philanthropy. Although written for
      lawyers, this article is also intended for social entrepreneurs to help them
      understand the legal framework through which exempt organization attorneys
      will view their social enterprise business plans. To view the article visit
      http://www.silklaw.com/ and select "Articles & Publications"


      4. Skoll Scholarships for the 2007/2008 Oxford MBA
      Each year, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship awards five full
      scholarships to individuals who wish to enter the one year full-time Oxford
      MBA program. To qualify, you need a proven track record in social
      entrepreneurship and a clear vision for the impact the MBA can make to
      society. The Scholarship covers fees and a stipend for living costs.
      Applications are considered on a first come first served basis. The
      deadline for the second round of admissions is January 12, 2007. Details at
      http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/skoll/mba/Skoll+Scholarships.htm


      5. Cause Marketing Halo Awards
      A well-crafted cause marketing campaign is a thing of beauty. The Cause
      Marketing Halo Awards recognize the best work in this multifaceted field.
      Outstanding companies and causes will compete in the following categories:
      Best Transactional Program, Best Joint Message Program, Best Health-Related
      Program, Best Environmental/Wildlife Program, Best Social
      Service/Educational Program, Best Cause Marketing Print Creative, Best Cause
      Marketing Event and National/Local Integration. Entry Deadline: February 2,
      2007. Details at http://urlsnip.com/974958



      News

      1. Nonprofits Eyeing Case in Ohio High Court
      A profit earned in 2003 by a Girl Scouts supply store in North Canton, Ohio,
      is now the focus of an Ohio Supreme Court case that could determine whether
      earning a profit disqualifies nonprofit organizations statewide from
      property tax exemptions. From the Toledo Blade
      http://urlsnip.com/147157


      2. Ex-Homeless Attend to Library Bathrooms
      Project H.O.M.E., a group that helps the homeless find housing, employment
      and health care, is employing formerly homeless people as restroom
      attendants at The Free Library of Philadelphia. The attendants, equipped
      with ID badges and two-way radios, are paid $7.50 an hour to watch over the
      bathrooms, pick up trash, hand out pamphlets to homeless people, and monitor
      the patrons' behavior. From The Associate Press
      http://urlsnip.com/890878


      3. Ecotourism: Traveling the World to Help Save It
      As exotic destinations become more commonplace and travelers seek out more
      unusual and broadening experiences, nonprofit groups are responding. By
      promoting and helping to organize ecotourism, nonprofits benefit by raising
      awareness - and money - for their causes. From The New York Times
      http://urlsnip.com/802745


      4. NC Food Bank Provides Culinary Training
      Preparing food for agencies that feed the hungry while providing culinary
      training for people who are homeless, unemployed or underemployed is the
      focus of a new initiative of The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North
      Carolina. From the Philanthropy Journal
      http://www.philanthropyjournal.org//lu.cfm?lu=21903


      5. Striving to Make a Profit
      Carey Services, like other nonprofits in Indiana and across the country, is
      trying to generate money with its social enterprise to compete with
      for-profit entities and deliver more stability to often-fickle funding
      streams. From the Marion Chronicle Tribune
      http://urlsnip.com/589969


      6. 7.2% of Americans Work for Nonprofit Groups, Study Finds
      Charities employ 7.2 percent of the nation's work force and have added paid
      jobs at a much higher rate than employers as a whole in recent years,
      according to a study conducted by the Center for Civil Society Studies at
      the Johns Hopkins University. From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
      http://urlsnip.com/325344



      Enterprise Calendar

      1. January 28-31, 2007 - Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise,
      Vancouver, BC
      The 2nd Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise aims to provide an
      opportunity for Canadians involved or interested in social enterprise
      initiatives to deepen their understanding of the field, to develop new and
      tangible skills relating to social enterprise development, and to explore
      emerging policy and sustainability issues in the field. It will also provide
      an occasion for sector development through networking and mentorship
      building. Details and registration at
      http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/e_information/


      2. January 30, 2007 - Webinar: Corporate Social Responsibility 101 for
      Microenterprise
      A strong CSR program can help you cut costs, enhance brand awareness,
      improve customer loyalty, and set your business apart from larger
      competitors. This webinar, hosted by Strategic Sustainability Consulting (
      http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com ), will cover key CSR issues,
      including energy efficiency, labor standards, product safety, and corporate
      governance; simple and low-cost ways to demonstrate your commitment to "good
      business ethics"; metrics to track your progress and ways to publicize your
      efforts. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST, Cost: $60, Email
      info@... to reserve your spot.




      And for the lexophile
      A calendar's days are numbered.


      Happy New Year!


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